Saturday, September 10, 2016 US, Russia seal imminent Syria cease-fireUS Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov shake hands at the conclusion of their news conference following their meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. The cease-fire begins at sundown September 12, Kerry said, coinciding with the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday. Washington must persuade “moderate” rebels to break ranks with the Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s Syria affiliate, and other extremist groups. Russia, in response, has chafed at America’s financial and military assistance to groups that have intermingled with the Nusra Front on the battlefield. “It is profoundly in the interests of the United States.”The military deal would go into effect after both sides abide by the truce for a week and allow unimpeded humanitarian deliveries.
September 10, 2016 02:26 UTC
Saturday, September 10, 2016 Malcorra UN bid stalls, Guterres cements leadForeign Minister Susana Malcorra failed to advance her bid to become the next United Nations Secretary General yesterday, though she remained in the race, placing fifth after the results of the latest straw poll of UN Security Council members were made public soon after the vote. Malcorra, who formerly served as Ban’s chef de cabinet at the UN, garnered seven “encourage” votes, seven “discourage” votes and one abstention — an identical result to the previous round of voting. Lajcak’s candidacy surged in the previous straw poll from two “encourage” votes in the second round to nine in the third round. Malcorra said while attending a UN conference on peacekeeping in London earlier this week that she had not received any “discourage” votes from any of the P5 so far. However, certain traditional conventions have influenced previous votes.
September 10, 2016 00:45 UTC
“The Falkland Islands Government (FIG) has seen the articles in the media attributed to the Argentine Foreign Minister, Susana Malcorra. FIG is actively working on the business case for flights from third countries in South America,” the statement said. In conversation with the Herald, the FIG made it clear that the plans did not currently include Argentina. Changes to that position, if any, would come after a visit by the UK Minister of State for the Americas Sir Alan Duncan to Buenos Aires next week. The statement also confirmed that UK Minister of state for the Americas and the Falkland Islands, Sir Alan Duncan, will “be in Buenos Aires next week,” according to the FIG.
September 10, 2016 00:45 UTC
It is becoming increasingly unlikely that Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra will be the next secretary general of the United Nations. Let’s recap on the voting process: there are 15 members of the Security Council, five of that have veto power: the US, the UK, France, Russia and China. Another Security Council straw poll is set to be held on September 26th before a general vote on October 17th. Even Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he wants his replacement to be a woman, noting it’s ridiculous that the organization that was founded 70 years ago has always been led by men. Read more: Washington Allegedly Endorses Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra’s Candidacy For UN Secretary General
September 09, 2016 21:33 UTC
Well-known Alejandro Dolina announced yesterday that he will no longer anchor his show “La Venganza Será Terrible” (“The Revenge Will be Terrible”) on Radio del Plata. Dolina, who is also an actor and composer, first started the show in 1993, weaving in elements of music and theatre with political commentary and debate. And today we have to say that the relationship is over.” Other employees of Radio del Plata went on a 24 hour general strike from 4pm yesterday, also due to lack of payment. Over the past year the radio station audience has actually been growing, climbing from sixth to second place in a popularity ranking of AM radio stations between July 2015 and July 2016. A whole host of radio stations seen as favorable to the former government of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner are struggling, according to Clarín.
September 09, 2016 19:41 UTC
Buenos Aires Food Week, the thirteen-day unbridled upscale eating spree starts on Monday. Their BAFW dinner menu begins with a typical Basque amuse-bouche: Txistorra frita, a sort of bell pepper pickle. Vietnamese pioneers Green Bamboo are offering a short yet eclectic dinner menu that will take you from North to South of Vietnam. So don’t wait too long, visit Buenos Aires Food Week’s website , explore the menus and book a table at that place you’ve been dying to try before they run out of room. Year after year Buenos Aires Food Week has been supporting the Fundación Banco de Alimentos, raising over AR $200,000 for the organization in previous editions.
September 09, 2016 19:30 UTC
Marc Spiegler and Patrick Foret of Swiss foundation Art Basel have announced a partnership with the city of Buenos Aires to host a number of cultural and art events to promote BA’s rich and diverse history. This is the first initiative of its kind in the region, with Art Basel hoping to launch similar working relationships with different cities in the future. Since announcing the launch of Art Basel Cities in March 2016, we have engaged in many conversations with great cities around the world. We are hugely excited to present Buenos Aires as our first City Partner and the only one in South America. The program will go beyond the establishment of fairs and galleries, using Art Basel’s extensive network to promote Buenos Aires.
September 09, 2016 19:18 UTC
Yanina Andrea Martínez made history today when she became the first Argentine athlete to win a gold medal at the Paralympics since Atlanta in 1996. Martínez won first place in the 100-meter race at the 2016 Rio Paralympic games with a time of 14.46 seconds. Claudia Nicoleitzik from Germany came in second with a time of 14.64 seconds, while Colombia’s Florian Hernandez won the bronze medal with 14.71 seconds. She will be running the first stage on Monday 11 with the goal of reaching the final the next day. Greetings to all, I love you,” said Martínez with a smile after winning the race.
September 09, 2016 18:56 UTC
Federal Judge Sandra Arroyo Salgado, the mother of late prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s daughters, joined the petition that was published in numerous news outlets calling for the ouster of Federal Judge Daniel Rafecas. But she’s also a judge and she should know better than anyone that if we followed the law to a tee, the petition would actually be going against republican ideals. After all, the country has an actual organization devoted with the very task of impeaching judges: the Council of Magistrates. And that’s what the judge considered when he decided to dismiss Nisman’s accusation. A request that Rafecas had already dismissed on August 5.
September 09, 2016 18:22 UTC
A fellow repressor, Francisco Gómez, was also sentenced to jail for being an accessory to their kidnapping and illegally appropriating their child. Their daughter, Mariana Eva, was released during the initial abduction and stayed with a family member. The two were taken to the Regional Intelligence Centre of Buenos Aires (RIBA), which was under the Air Force’s jurisdiction and run by Trillo. Mariana found Guillermo in 2000, when the two took DNA tests that confirmed they were related. Graffigna described his actions as “purely professional.”The plaintiffs in the case were Mariana, Guillermo Gómez’s lawyer Pablo Llonto and the Human Rights Secretariat at both the federal and provincial level.
September 09, 2016 17:15 UTC
Argentina just doesn’t seem as attractive to foreign visitors as it once did. That trend continued in July, when the number of tourists coming into the country fell by 2.6 percent to 188,400, according to statistics released yesterday by the Indec. In contrast, the number of Argentine tourists traveling internationally soared 22 percent to 1.98 million. Now, the increased relative value of the peso is making tourism in Argentina an expensive proposition, particularly when compared to other destinations in Latin America. On the plus side, Brazil still seems to love us more than any other country, despite its well-known economic woes, accounting for 35.5 percent of all tourists who arrived in Argentina in July.
September 09, 2016 17:03 UTC
Nicolás Lang, a 23-year-old Argentine tourist who was vacationing in Colombia, died on Tuesday due to severe head injuries he suffered when he fell from the top of a hill. He was just trying to take a selfie, according to Colombian authorities. Nicolas was trying to take a selfie when he suddenly slipped, lost his balance and fell, hitting his head against a rock. Lang’s death sparked controversy in local media, considering that Minca is trying to bill itself as a rising tourism destination but there was no ambulance available to transfer the Argentine to a hospital. You can tell by the photos on his Facebook account that Lang was a big fan of the outdoors.
September 09, 2016 16:07 UTC
Against Uruguay, the team were functional, opportunistic and, in the second half, determined when down to 10 men. So, what have we learned from these two first games? The first lesson is that Lionel Messi is a key player for Argentina. Bauza can at least be happy that he’s still an Argentina player after all. But Bauza’s already gone one better than Alejandro Sabella in one respect: Sabella lost to Venezuela early in his Argentina tenure.
September 09, 2016 15:45 UTC
At least 10 barrels of pseudoephedrine, which is a key ingredient to manufacture a few types of legal drugs as well as methamphetamine, were found at Ezeiza international airport yesterday. Each weighed around 25 kilograms, meaning that there was at least 250 kilograms of the stuff. And, not for the first time in Argentina mind you, it’s all causing quite a stir in political circles. The barrels were brought in from France by a Paraguayan company and were supposedly “in transit” to Paraguay but the “importers never claimed them,” according to La Nación. In fact, he had already been providing information to the judicial system before being removed from his post.
September 09, 2016 15:22 UTC
Hotter days and cooler nights to say the least, and exciting news is that The Peacock Society Party is back! The Peacock Society started off as a French summer music festival and party in Paris during July, and became known for their creative stage and lighting designs. FREE tickets for the ladies and discounts for the guys here. WherePunta Carrasco (Avenida Costanera and Avenida Sarmiento)WhenFriday September 9thHow MuchLadies can get in for FREE by requesting their tickets online. Guys: AR $150 if you buy your tickets online before hand and are set to go up from there at the door.
September 09, 2016 15:11 UTC